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Iran Awakening: Novels by Iranian Women

Thu, February 2, 2023 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Free – $90.00
Iran Women Novels
I speak from the deep end of night.
Of end of darkness I speak.
I speak of deep night ending.
 – From “The Gift” by Forugh Farrokhzad

The winter 2023 series of the MEP Literature Group focuses on Iranian women writing since the 1978-79 Revolution whose stories are set inside Iran. We have compiled a reading list from an essay by Niloufar Talebi, “100 Essential Books by Iranian Writers: An Introduction & Nonfiction,” published on the Asian American Writers’ Workshop website. As we read, one question we will keep in mind is that posed by Talebi: How does the publishing market limit Americans’ understanding of Iranian efforts?

Over nine weeks we will read three novels set from the 1920s to the present: The Gardens of Consolation, by Parisa Reza; Women Without Men, by Shahrnush Parsipur; and Man of My Time, by Dalia Sofer. In Part II, our spring session, we will begin with a novel set in 1979 and end with a novel set in contemporary Iran. More information…

Everyone is welcome!